Weekend Picks: Mary Chapin Carpenter, Hard Rock Last Chance Elvis Tribute Contest and Almost Queen!

almost queenBy: Shelby Lum

Look no further for plans, we know what your doing (and it’s probably something on this list!). Whether you are wanting to make the most of your time with a trip to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens paired with some fantastic music, looking to get down to some oldies with Grand Funk Railroad or see the awesome Queen cover band, Ticket Alternative has all you are looking for.

Here are TALive’s Weekend Picks:

Friday, August 9th-Tony Lucca @ Eddie’s Attic

Think back to the days when Tony Lucca began in the Micky Mouse club, and then to when he began acting for a bit, but he has come leaps and bounds since then having immersed himself in the music world for 16 years now. He was even fought for while on the Voice!

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Friday, August 9th-Mary Chapin Carpenter @ Atlanta Botanical Garden

A five time Grammy award winner, Mary Chapin Carpenter is not one to miss this weekend. She’s had single after single on Billboard’s country hits, and has continued to amaze audiences for well  over a decade since she began.

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Friday, August, 9th-New Potato Caboose @ The State Theatre 

The State Theatre will be jamming out with New Potato Caboose and their jam band (and other) influences including The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix. Widespread Panic, Dave Matthews and Phish have opened for these guys, so you know they will be putting on a show to remember!

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Friday, August 9th-Hard Rock Last Chance Elvis Tribute Contest @ Hard Rock Café Memphis

Fittingly, Hard Rock Cafe Memphis is having it’s annual salute to the King with live Elvis performances all weekend long. At the end of the weekend, the winner of the contest will represent Memphis in Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest semifinals during Elvis week 2013. Can’t make one day? Not to worry! There’s an entire weekend of Elvis goodness going on in Memphis!

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Saturday, August 10th-Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers @ Atlanta Botanical

Singer and keyboardist might not sound very exciting, but that’s not the case with Bruce Hornsby. He is known for his spontaneity and creative live performances, his music and live shows being unlike any you have seen before. Currently he is touring with his bluegrass band the Noisemakers, so be sure to stop by the Botanical Gardens to see him in person.

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Saturday, August 10th-Almost Queen @ The State Theatre

As their name suggests, these guys are about as close as you can get to seeing Queen without actually seeing Queen. Worldwide, Almost Queen has sold out shows and venues with their spot on tribute of Queen. Don’t miss your chance to see them this weekend!

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Saturday, August 10th-Festival of Farmhouse Ales @ Hill Farmstead Brewery

With only 100 online tickets available, hopefully you scored your tickets to this (NOW SOLD OUT) intimate tasting. Brewers from Sante Adarius, Tired Hands, Evil Twin, Cigar City, Crooked Stave, and more will be at the Festival of Farmhouse Ales so variety will not be a problem at this event! It will also be the annual debut of the most recent vintage of Vera Mae (dandelion/honey saison).


Saturday, August 10th-Grand Funk Railroad @ The Fredrick Brown Junior Amphitheater

Throw back to the 70s to one of the best American blues bands in town. They might not have released a new album lately, but that doesn’t mean you can’t sing along to all their classics!

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Saturday, August 10th-Bonaventure Quartet @ Eddie’s Attic

Inspired by the great French gypsy guitarist, Django Reinhardt,  The Bonaventure Quartet has dedicated itself to playing anything Reinhardt influenced. Even better, their performance at Eddie’s will also be a CD release, so go check out these Atlanta locals for yourself.

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Sunday, August 11th-Erin McCarley @ Eddie’s Attic

From San Diego and then to Nashville, Erin McCarley has been getting into the country music scene in whatever way she can, and after wowing audiences at South by Southwest in 2008, she secured a record deal to continue putting out more country tunes for even more listeners.

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